Monday, 19 September 2016

What's in a name - Golden/Strawberry Leopards

We have been seeing the now famous but very rare Golden or Strawberry Leopard quite often on our research camera traps.
This example is resident on the Thaba Tholo wilderness reserve, where we have been conducting leopard research for nearly ten years.
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Sunday, 11 September 2016

Congratulations to Dr Tara

Many of our safari guests will have met Tara Pirie while on safari with us over the last few years. Tara has been leading our leopard research program and working towards her PhD on leopard behaviour through Reading University.
We had some great news last month, when Tara's work was accepted and she is now officially Dr Pirie.
Huge congratulations go to Tara, but the good news doesn't end there. Tara has accepted a post doctoral research role at Reading, which means she will be continuing to work with our leopard program.
For more information on our leopard program, click the about us link on our website

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Rhino peril

Rhino are under serious threat from poaching which is a major concern for everyone and has created some very successful (if expensive) anti poaching initiatives.
This year however, there is yet another threat to these animals due to the drought in Africa. This has caused some game reserves to take the unusual step of laying food out for Rhino (and of-course other species that come along). Feeding animals is not the norm and is frowned on in many circles. The theory being that drought is part of the normal cycle in nature. The debate will no doubt continue as to whether we should interfere or not, but at the end of the day, whether it be feeding or anti poaching patrolling, we need to protect this species.

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Excitement of guests and guides alike.

This years safaris have produced some memorable sightings, but what marks this a special year is that we are enjoying some very unusual sightings.
Pangolin and Aardvark are just two of the illusive and secretive species we have seen recently, much to the excitement of guests and guides alike.

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Sunday, 28 August 2016

View to a kill

Dinner time
As safari guides we're sometimes faced with the harsh reality of life in the African bush. By that I mean the often gruesome scene when predators make a kill.
Witnessing a kill is as real as it gets, and reality is after all what separates the safari experience from that of watching TV documentaries.
We are ever conscious of our guests sensibilities and if those scenes are not appropriate for them, then rest assured that we'll maintain our distance. For others we'll endeavour where feasible to offer a view to a kill.
Sleeping lion with a full belly
Written by Will Fox

Sunday, 21 August 2016

What is a game drive vehicle?

We're often asked what a game drive vehicle is? Well, I figure the pictures answer that question.
These are specially adapted 4 x 4 vehicles that have rows of seats for our guests, plus a special seat on the front for a tracker to be able to sit forward and read signs along the road to help find animals.
All in all a great way to experience wildlife.
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Sunday, 14 August 2016

With a little help you can make a difference

On Track Safaris has always supported local rural community schools. Pictured are children from our conservation club with some of the presents donated by On Track Safaris guests.
With a helping hand you can make a real difference
Something as simple as a new pen and some colouring books can make a huge difference.
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